With the twenty-eighth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select…
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence DT | Clemson
Did you hear the news that the Los Angeles Chargers are making the powder blue jerseys their primary home uniform for the 2019 season? That’s so hot. It’s too bad the Chargers are playing second fiddle to the Rams in LA. The Chargers are to the Rams as the Jets are to the Giants. Ew, the Jets. It’s a classic anything you can do, I can do better situation. The Chargers finished the 2018 season with a 12-4 record and second place in the AFC West. The Rams finished with a 13-3 record and first place in the NFC West. The Chargers finished 8th in scoring offense while the Rams finished 2nd in scoring offense. The Chargers made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and the Rams made it to the Super Bowl. Sigh. Fear not Chargers fans! No sorry they aren’t coming back to San Diego. What I was going to say was, this team is officially within its Super Bowl window again and may only be a few pieces away from getting there.
Offensively this team is set on paper. Solid running game, great receivers, stud tight end and a formidable offensive line. If we want to nit pick, the Bolts could probably use an upgrade at right tackle to help better protect quarterback Philip Rivers. Speaking of Rivers, he had another Pro Bowl year, starting all 16 games for the thirteenth consecutive season. He threw for 30+ touchdowns and over 4,000 yards with a 68% completion percentage, second best of his career. He capped the season off with the birth of his ninth child back in March. Damn, makes you wonder what his sperm’s completion percentage is, amirite? Rivers will be 38 years old early into the 2019 season, and at some point a successor will need to be brought into the fold. The Chargers signed Tyrod Taylor to a two-year deal in free agency to back up Rivers, but they could be thinking about drafting a guy like Daniel Jones or Ryan Finley, the latter being from Rivers alma matter, North Carolina State.
At the end of the day I think the Chargers continue to upgrade their defense here at pick #28. The defense also had a phenomenal year, finishing in the top 10, but adding some depth and a fusion of youth on that side of the ball would do wonders for this team. Last year I believe mocked Daron Payne to the Chargers but they instead ended up with safety Derwin James who was an absolute steal. They still have a hole at defensive tackle next to Brandon Mebane now that Corey Liuget is gone. Also Mebane, who re-signed on a two-year deal this offseason, is pushing 35. I like Dexter Lawrence here assuming he’s still on the board. Lawrence can help clog up the middle to stop the run, while Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram continue to wreak havoc on quarterbacks off the edge.